Paola Brun serves as a Researcher at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova, Italy. She also teaches biology, histology, and anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine of the same university. Dr. Brun earned a Ph.D. degree in biology at the University of Padova and in 1994-1995 worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, Laboratory for Liver Studies. The initial research projects of Dr. Brun focused on extracellular matrix function. Her efforts then concentrated on hyaluronic acid (HA), studying its influence on cell growth and the biocompatibility of different forms of synthetic HA with multiple types of cells. Research was then directed at searching for new potential clinical applications for these molecules in wound healing, utilizing them both as three-dimensional constructs in cell/tissue implants, and for the actual cell growth support system. Presently, Dr. Brun's studies are concentrated on both the development of fibrosis in chronic diseases and on the creation of three-dimensional tissue constructs. Recently, she also has been investigating nonthermal plasma as a clinical modality for disinfection of ocular cells and tissues.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2012